Very Good Lives

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
By J. K. Rowling (Hardcover Book, 2015)
J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a non-profit international organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $15.00 US/$16.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316369152

    • On Sale Date: 04/14/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book

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J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a non-profit international organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series, including The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm. As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. She lives in Edinburgh.
  • "Humble and moving, full of ideals one hopes the world's most privileged young people will take to heart." (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

  • "Even if you've never picked up Harry Potter, these wise words from author J.K. Rowling are worth reading anytime you need a pick-me-up.... You might find the magic words you need to motivate you to hop off the couch and pursue your goals - whether running a marathon or applying for that dream job." (Amanda Woerner, Daily Burn).

  • "A beautifully illustrated little book." (Shaun Fitzpatrick, Bustle).

  • "Include[s] plenty of uplifting nuggets and words of wisdom." (Eliza Thompson, Cosmo.com).

  • "A perfect example of Rowling's self-deprecating style as she alternately drops jokes and nuggets of wisdom, oftentimes within the same sentence.... Rowling's words are comforting without coddling, reassuring and real. A recent grad likely will appreciate receiving a book that doesn't weigh (or cost) as much as a textbook, and it's a lot less easy to ignore than a link to a video posted on their Facebook wall." (Elise De Los Santos, Red Eye Chicago).

  • "It's sure to be a favorite gift for new graduates." (Michael Giltz, Huffington Post).

  • "One of the author's all-time most inspirational speeches." (Josh Wigler, MTV.com).

  • "The graduation gift book of the spring." (Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today).

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Very Good Lives
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.00 US/$16.00 CAN
  • Pages: 80
  • Physical Dimensions: 5" x 7-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316369152
  • On Sale Date: 04/14/2015
Very Good Lives